The Baby 'business' In Igboland!

The Igbos are mostly found in south-eastern Nigeria. A great people with great culture and custom the republican lifestyle of the Igbos leaves them as a strong people who value personal liberty and choices. Sometimes described by critics as generally difficult to rule or control based on this principle of rooted republicanism the Igbos are fiercely independent and economically indomitable. Naturally imbued with deep convictions and conquering enterprising spirit the Igbos are very proud of their heritage dating back centuries.

altThey go to great length to maintain family ties in the unique spirit of brotherhood -- uncompromisingly attached to family values held sacrosanct for ages! This commentator is a member of this great community east of the Niger and he is indeed proud! Whilst that fact is established it does not in any stretch of imagination prevent one from speaking the truth even if that truth is against the interest of my people.

Last March I was navigating the internet one early morning as is usual reading up some home news when I stumbled upon a news item in 'The Sun' newspaper whose interesting title instantly drew my attention (http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/news/national/2012/mar/31/national-31-03-2011-014.html). Perusing through I was somehow amazed at the extent man could go to be able to give vent to his 'manhood'. It was about the booming 'business' in Igboland of baby selling and buying! Security agents reportedly 'invaded' a so-called Orphanage Home in Anambra State where they made some arrests and freed some female 'hostages' -- some heavy with pregnancy!

I had wanted to do a commentary about this reprehensible practise of wilful trade in innocent 'angels' visiting a sinful world where morality is proving inexistent especially in Nigeria but on a second thought I somehow abandoned the idea preffering to concentrate my attention on burning national issues of the day.

But recently another similar news item in the same 'Sun' (http://www.sunnewsonline.com/article/babies-sale-soldiers-raid-aba-orphanage) elicited a concerned interest in me and I decided it was time to denounce this evil 'business' that seeks to exploit the weakness of some unfortunate girls in Igboland and elsewhere. The news was still about the raid carried out by soldiers in an orphanage in Aba Abia State. The soldiers reportedly arrested six girls (some pregnant!) for alleged child trafficking while six babies were recovered from 'captivity'! According to the report the owner of the home escaped arrest and was still at large!

When an African man takes a wife and a year passes by without the wife giving birth tongues would start wagging and in Nigeria in general and in Igboland in particular people, relatives and friends alike, would begin to ask questions as to the 'sexual compatibility' and drive of the couple. Misfortune always commands more attention than good news!

My late father always told me during his eventful years sojourning here with the living that the only viable 'profit' one could draw by associating with a woman is by having a child with her! Every other thing considered reproduction represents a sure way of maintaining man's dominance over other animals in this modern jungle we call planet earth; it is in perfect accord with divine exhortation and nothing could be compared to it. Bearing a child, therefore, constitutes a bundle of joy for any family since it assures the continuation of the family tree, generation after generation. I never knew the deep meaning of this parental joy until I had my beautiful daughter, Stella, last year! Inside her eyes I am daily seeing the image of God and the wonders of providence!

You see the truth here must be told no matter whose ox is gored. The problem of child trafficking is not limited to Igboland alone. No! But the difference here happens to be the propensity with which some Igbo men and women are desperate to 'buy' babies or use same for money rituals! While some couples are in need of babies to solidify their marital relationships others desire new-born babies for purposes of making satanic money! I remember how the late "Eddie N'awgu", the dreaded marabout in the east killed by the equally dreaded Bakassi boys, was alleged to be using innocent babies for rituals sometimes putting them in a mortar and pounding them to pieces!

In Igboland when you are married and bearing a child poses a problem then you are in trouble! All sort of stories would be making the rounds about your impotency or your wife's past wayward lifestyle leading to her committing uncountable abortions. The pressure from the village and elsewhere would force you to seek out a solution: visiting spiritual homes and pastors or going all the way to buying a baby which would then be presented to everybody as your own child! In this case of baby buying and selling a syndicate is involved; a network of baby-supplying chain linking the entire south-eastern states.

While the high cost of marriage in Igboland discourages eligible men from marrying and settling down the unwritten rule that forbids a girl from having any child before marriage forces girls to either go for abortion in the event of an unwanted pregnancy or contemplate even selling off the baby once it is delivered. The situation is that serious and something must be done by elders in the villages to reduce the prohibitive cost of marrying our girls in the village or towns in Igboland.

The quest for easy riches does a lot of damage to the values hitherto held sacrosanct in Igboland! Or how else does one explain a situation where no one asks any question about how anybody suddenly becomes rich? Be he a politician, a businessman or whatever as long as you have money in the east then you are a law unto yourself -- doing no wrong and becoming 'King Solomon' the wise-man! Your pedigree no longer matters since richness (no matter the source) is seen as a virtue worth worshipping! Whether you are a graduate or an illiterate does not count here; what counts is your capability to break even no matter the company you keep or how dirty your past or present.

Living in a society where marriage, in its pure sense, remains a social compact many Igbos try their best to 'comply' with this social contract by 'contracting' a wife, whether love is involved or not is never an issue in some marital union. That is why today people (especially young ladies) go for rich guys without giving a damn about compatibility. If you make a 'mistake' by marrying a poor man you will live to regret your choice even though he loves you! Love is now a buyable and sellable commodity and the price varies from region to religion, tribe to tongue.

The truth is that in Igboland some people see survival economically as the only thing 'holy' enough to sacrifice whatever it takes for even if it involves selling a human head! When it comes to making money by whatever means some Igbomen and women have proven to be animals in human skin without conscience! That is why today you hear about the Igbos languishing in jails in foreign countries and others doing evil to be able to 'belong'. They go to any length to be rich -- be it drug trafficking or internet fraud, armed robbery, kidnapping or whatever! In this circumstance politics is left in the hands of the corrupt who use same to enrich themselves to the detriment of those that 'elect' them in the first place.

With many Igbo boys belonging to the league of the uneducated; that is, ignorant of happenings around them, they see money-making as the only way and means to achieve fame and success in life. The idea is not that bad but the problem lies in the fact that in this bizzare world-view of the illiterate personal survival and interest matter only to the 'victim'! And in that regard he sees governance or any struggle to achieve a collective social cause as a waste of his time and resources preffering to be 'imprisoned' in his little world dominated by little minds and little thoughts. Pity!

Igboland suffers today because the giants like the Azikiwes, the Ojukwus, the Mbakwes, the Okadigbos are now in their graves! The vaccum they left behind has proven to be too big and too sophisticated to be filled by the pretenders masquerading as "Igbo leaders". Whenever issues come to applying consensus in the interest of the Igbo presidency or Igbo renaissance you begin to hear discordant tunes dished out by smart crooks who have become stupendously rich by either cutting corners or becoming professional blackmailers, sycophants or political prostitutes.

What we have today as Governors, Ministers and politicians in general are nothing but political whores and embezzlers who see governance as means of expanding their 'estates' and conquering more 'territories' for their future generations! In this climate of selfishness and wickedness the average Igboman and woman is left to fend for himself or herself. This abandonment has led to the propagation of all sorts of doctrines and dogmas leading invariably to self-help.

One must state here clearly that he respects deeply the sanctity of human life and whoever takes what (s)he cannot give ought to be destined for the Hades! In this wise, therefore, whoever is impotent should declare his impotency and seek divine or medical assistance. (We have seen cases of men whose manhood was 'dry' receiving miraculous healing). And whoever is barren should make open her case of barrenness. Solution could be found through medical or divine intervention.

According to the French philosopher Roger Fournier: "Le miracle de l’amour, ce n’est pas d’aimer un homme ou une femme: c’est de s’aimer soi-mĂŞme juste assez pour ĂŞtre capable d’aimer vraiment une autre personne". Translated to English it simply means: "The miracle of love is not to love a man or a woman; it is to love yourself well enough to be capable of really loving someone else". When we love ourselves and our neighbours respecting the sanctity of human life we may not consider 'stealing' or 'buying' babies to satisfy our clearly dysfunctional marital responsibility.

The booming baby 'business' in Igboland in particular and Nigeria in general must stop. For it is a big shame, an indecent and diabolical act that is calling the attention of Heaven! Let righteousness prevail, please!

SOC Okenwa

soco_abj_2006_rci@hotmail.fr



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Re: [Articles] The Baby 'business' In Igboland!
HolyPagan posted on 07-10-2012, 08:33:36 AM


The Igbos are mostly found in south-eastern Nigeria. A great people with great culture and custom the republican lifestyle of the Igbos leaves them as a strong people who value personal liberty and choices. Sometimes described by critics as generally difficult to rule or control based on this principle of rooted republicanism the Igbos are fiercely independent and economically indomitable. Naturally imbued with deep convictions and conquering enterprising spirit the Igbos are very proud of their heritage dating back centuries.



altThey go to great length to maintain family ties in the unique spirit of brotherhood -- uncompromisingly attached to family values held sacrosanct for ages! This commentator is a member of this great community east of the Niger and he is indeed proud! Whilst that fact is established it does not in any stretch of imagination prevent one from speaking the truth even if that truth is against the interest of my people.





Last March I was navigating the internet one early morning as is usual reading up some home news when I stumbled upon a news item in 'The Sun' newspaper whose interesting title instantly drew my attention (http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/news/national/2012/mar/31/national-31-03-2011-014.html). Perusing through I was somehow amazed at the extent man could go to be able to give vent to his 'manhood'. It was about the booming 'business' in Igboland of baby selling and buying! Security agents reportedly 'invaded' a so-called Orphanage Home in Anambra State where they made some arrests and freed some female 'hostages' -- some heavy with pregnancy!





I had wanted to do a commentary about this reprehensible practise of wilful trade in innocent 'angels' visiting a sinful world where morality is proving inexistent especially in Nigeria but on a second thought I somehow abandoned the idea preffering to concentrate my attention on burning national issues of the day.





But recently another similar news item in the same 'Sun' (http://www.sunnewsonline.com/article/babies-sale-soldiers-raid-aba-orphanage) elicited a concerned interest in me and I decided it was time to denounce this evil 'business' that seeks to exploit the weakness of some unfortunate girls in Igboland and elsewhere. The news was still about the raid carried out by soldiers in an orphanage in Aba Abia State. The soldiers reportedly arrested six girls (some pregnant!) for alleged child trafficking while six babies were recovered from 'captivity'! According to the report the owner of the home escaped arrest and was still at large!





When an African man takes a wife and a year passes by without the wife giving birth tongues would start wagging and in Nigeria in general and in Igboland in particular people, relatives and friends alike, would begin to ask questions as to the 'sexual compatibility' and drive of the couple. Misfortune always commands more attention than good news!





My late father always told me during his eventful years sojourning here with the living that the only viable 'profit' one could draw by associating with a woman is by having a child with her! Every other thing considered reproduction represents a sure way of maintaining man's dominance over other animals in this modern jungle we call planet earth; it is in perfect accord with divine exhortation and nothing could be compared to it. Bearing a child, therefore, constitutes a bundle of joy for any family since it assures the continuation of the family tree, generation after generation. I never knew the deep meaning of this parental joy until I had my beautiful daughter, Stella, last year! Inside her eyes I am daily seeing the image of God and the wonders of providence!





You see the truth here must be told no matter whose ox is gored. The problem of child trafficking is not limited to Igboland alone. No! But the difference here happens to be the propensity with which some Igbo men and women are desperate to 'buy' babies or use same for money rituals! While some couples are in need of babies to solidify their marital relationships others desire new-born babies for purposes of making satanic money! I remember how the late "Eddie N'awgu", the dreaded marabout in the east killed by the equally dreaded Bakassi boys, was alleged to be using innocent babies for rituals sometimes putting them in a mortar and pounding them to pieces!





In Igboland when you are married and bearing a child poses a problem then you are in trouble! All sort of stories would be making the rounds about your impotency or your wife's past wayward lifestyle leading to her committing uncountable abortions. The pressure from the village and elsewhere would force you to seek out a solution: visiting spiritual homes and pastors or going all the way to buying a baby which would then be presented to everybody as your own child! In this case of baby buying and selling a syndicate is involved; a network of baby-supplying chain linking the entire south-eastern states.





While the high cost of marriage in Igboland discourages eligible men from marrying and settling down the unwritten rule that forbids a girl from having any child before marriage forces girls to either go for abortion in the event of an unwanted pregnancy or contemplate even selling off the baby once it is delivered. The situation is that serious and something must be done by elders in the villages to reduce the prohibitive cost of marrying our girls in the village or towns in Igboland.





The quest for easy riches does a lot of damage to the values hitherto held sacrosanct in Igboland! Or how else does one explain a situation where no one asks any question about how anybody suddenly becomes rich? Be he a politician, a businessman or whatever as long as you have money in the east then you are a law unto yourself -- doing no wrong and becoming 'King Solomon' the wise-man! Your pedigree no longer matters since richness (no matter the source) is seen as a virtue worth worshipping! Whether you are a graduate or an illiterate does not count here; what counts is your capability to break even no matter the company you keep or how dirty your past or present.





Living in a society where marriage, in its pure sense, remains a social compact many Igbos try their best to 'comply' with this social contract by 'contracting' a wife, whether love is involved or not is never an issue in some marital union. That is why today people (especially young ladies) go for rich guys without giving a damn about compatibility. If you make a 'mistake' by marrying a poor man you will live to regret your choice even though he loves you! Love is now a buyable and sellable commodity and the price varies from region to religion, tribe to tongue.





The truth is that in Igboland some people see survival economically as the only thing 'holy' enough to sacrifice whatever it takes for even if it involves selling a human head! When it comes to making money by whatever means some Igbomen and women have proven to be animals in human skin without conscience! That is why today you hear about the Igbos languishing in jails in foreign countries and others doing evil to be able to 'belong'. They go to any length to be rich -- be it drug trafficking or internet fraud, armed robbery, kidnapping or whatever! In this circumstance politics is left in the hands of the corrupt who use same to enrich themselves to the detriment of those that 'elect' them in the first place.





With many Igbo boys belonging to the league of the uneducated; that is, ignorant of happenings around them, they see money-making as the only way and means to achieve fame and success in life. The idea is not that bad but the problem lies in the fact that in this bizzare world-view of the illiterate personal survival and interest matter only to the 'victim'! And in that regard he sees governance or any struggle to achieve a collective social cause as a waste of his time and resources preffering to be 'imprisoned' in his little world dominated by little minds and little thoughts. Pity!





Igboland suffers today because the giants like the Azikiwes, the Ojukwus, the Mbakwes, the Okadigbos are now in their graves! The vaccum they left behind has proven to be too big and too sophisticated to be filled by the pretenders masquerading as "Igbo leaders". Whenever issues come to applying consensus in the interest of the Igbo presidency or Igbo renaissance you begin to hear discordant tunes dished out by smart crooks who have become stupendously rich by either cutting corners or becoming professional blackmailers, sycophants or political prostitutes.





What we have today as Governors, Ministers and politicians in general are nothing but political whores and embezzlers who see governance as means of expanding their 'estates' and conquering more 'territories' for their future generations! In this climate of selfishness and wickedness the average Igboman and woman is left to fend for himself or herself. This abandonment has led to the propagation of all sorts of doctrines and dogmas leading invariably to self-help.





One must state here clearly that he respects deeply the sanctity of human life and whoever takes what (s)he cannot give ought to be destined for the Hades! In this wise, therefore, whoever is impotent should declare his impotency and seek divine or medical assistance. (We have seen cases of men whose manhood was 'dry' receiving miraculous healing). And whoever is barren should make open her case of barrenness. Solution could be found through medical or divine intervention.





According to the French philosopher Roger Fournier: "Le miracle de l’amour, ce n’est pas d’aimer un homme ou une femme: c’est de s’aimer soi-mĂŞme juste assez pour ĂŞtre capable d’aimer vraiment une autre personne". Translated to English it simply means: "The miracle of love is not to love a man or a woman; it is to love yourself well enough to be capable of really loving someone else". When we love ourselves and our neighbours respecting the sanctity of human life we may not consider 'stealing' or 'buying' babies to satisfy our clearly dysfunctional marital responsibility.





The booming baby 'business' in Igboland in particular and Nigeria in general must stop. For it is a big shame, an indecent and diabolical act that is calling the attention of Heaven! Let righteousness prevail, please!





SOC Okenwa



soco_abj_2006_rci@hotmail.fr



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Re: The Baby 'business' In Igboland!
First-lady posted on 07-11-2012, 10:34:37 AM
we cannot overlook the main point of the poster
There are many stories that have surfaced with these headlines and we should not sweep them under the rug
This is evil.
The issue of selling babies is a real problem and like I said earlier on a similar topic,there has to be a proper channel whereby pregnant women and teens with unwanted pregnancies who wish to give up their babies for adoption can go so that these things are done legally without babies bought and sold like chattel.

Here in the USA there are safe houses run by charity organizations and churches where unwed mothers can go to for support with the pregnancy and eventual adoptions and counseling.
It is very barbaric what these crooks are doing.
We have read in some stories where the doctors are accused of impregnating these young women and the holding them hostage to "harvest" their babies.
In a lawless society anything is possible
Re: The Baby 'business' In Igboland!
Superego posted on 07-11-2012, 10:38:05 AM
Separate me from these...these....these! Oh Lord!

Their church's make witches of our children, parents kill them. They breed, buy and sell them. Oh Lord, fast!!!!
Re: The Baby 'business' In Igboland!
Anioma777 posted on 07-11-2012, 11:08:39 AM
Very hard hitting article but sadly very true.

@HP

Nne gba brake. What he is saying is not fiction and it is so rampant it is unbelievable but we cannot be in denial.

Igbos and other Nigerians get up to all kinds of nefarious activities all for getting money one wonders we cannot descend any lower.

I like money but I don't love it!!!! There is a limit to how far I will go to attain it. However my 5 and half months spent in Nigeria and I was mostly keeping a low profile made me realize that it can TEST THE MORAL FORTITUDE of even a saint. However are Igbos the only ones suffering this bad in the world. The stories and things I saw in Onitsha in March reduced me to tears and I was only there for a 6-8 hours. I hope this is just a passing phase!!!

We cannot go on like this!!!
Re: The Baby 'business' In Igboland!
Superego posted on 07-11-2012, 11:11:39 AM
QUOTE:
Very hard hitting article but sadly very true.

@HP

Nne gba brake. What he is saying is not fiction and it is so rampant it is unbelievable but we cannot be in denial.

Igbos and other Nigerians get up to all kinds of nefarious activities all for getting money one wonders we cannot descend any lower.

I like money but I don't love it!!!! There is a limit to how far I will go to attain it. However my 5 and half months spent in Nigeria and I was mostly keeping a low profile made me realize that it can TEST THE MORAL FORTITUDE of even a saint.

We cannot go on like this!!!


Only Igbos worship money so. Breed babies, burn em as witches, buy and sel babies, kidnap, armed robbery, high sea piracy. All these are typically Igbo and then Southern Nigeria.

Yoobas read books

and Hausa's are Boko


Let us be real!
Re: The Baby 'business' In Igboland!
Anioma777 posted on 07-11-2012, 11:20:31 AM
@Superego

You have started your wahala again. I think these things also happen all over Nigeria it just depends on the varying degrees in each region and to what extent an individual is willing to go to satisfy their greedy evil ways.

Oh I am very real but it still saddens me at the depths of depravity Nigeria has descended to!!!
Re: The Baby 'business' In Igboland!
Superego posted on 07-11-2012, 11:42:10 AM
Show me any incidents where it happened in the North.

Where Northerners kidnapped and demanded million ransome?

That has been happening exclusively in the South dungeons for over 20 years!

Show me where Northern mosques or Yooba sanctuaries ever called their children witches and burned them.

That is exclusive to Igbo land.

Show me where North or Yooba ever reared babies and sold babies.

That is a Southern, Igbo blessing.

Please be honest enough to claim your curses.
Re: The Baby 'business' In Igboland!
Magic posted on 07-11-2012, 12:27:09 PM
QUOTE:
Show me any incidents where it happened in the North.

Where Northerners kidnapped and demanded million ransome?

That has been happening exclusively in the South dungeons for over 20 years!

Show me where Northern mosques or Yooba sanctuaries ever called their children witches and burned them.

That is exclusive to Igbo land.

Show me where North or Yooba ever reared babies and sold babies.

That is a Southern, Igbo blessing.

Please be honest enough to claim your curses.


Be careful now, you may get what you ask for. If anybody in his right mind could have predicted in his wildest dream, the rut we have now, many would have said not in Nigeria. So be careful my friend.
Re: The Baby 'business' In Igboland!
Superego posted on 07-11-2012, 12:38:34 PM
Are you threatening me?

I am prepared for your kind OK.

Bring more threats, bring your bomb, I will die happy, knowing I stand for truth, peace and justice.

But you will never know peace, here and in the next world.
Re: The Baby 'business' In Igboland!
Magic posted on 07-11-2012, 12:44:56 PM
Superego,

That is not a threat. Read it again. All I am trying to tell you is that our Nigeria has gone to the dogs, and I cannot take anything for granted or swear for anybody or region. It has never been this bad. So I do not know how you can associate that with a threat.
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